Here are some of the best of the new releases this April. Enjoy them.
Harper Collins £12.99
This needs no introduction other than being the brand new David Walliams' sure-fire winner. Set in the Isle of Mulch, involving lots and lots of slime wreaking revenge on annoying grown-ups. What's not to like???
Kid Normal has been such a massive hit for this duo that the latest in the series was greeted with such enthusiasm for the 9 year old and gobbled up in almost one sitting. The super zeroes used to save the day in secret, but suddenly everyone know who they are...and Murph Cooper is not happy about it. We loved the neon green paper edges, and sparkly front cover, plus the illustrations were best ever!
David Fickling Books £12.99
We ADORED the first of the brilliant Martin Brown's Lesser Spotted Animals so when we saw that another was due to arrive we've been looking forward to getting our hands on it. And it doesn't disappoint. We are introduced to a whole new range of creatures which we never knew existed. Brilliantly funny and informative, also a good place to start budding Attenborough's to find some unknown creatures of their own. Our favourite is the Yellow Throated Martin, what about you?
David Fickling Books £9.99
This is perfect for new-ish free readers and is one of the most charming collection of short stories we've read in a while. With echoes of the Wind in the Willows these are perfect bedtime reading. Adorable.
This is a simple yet perfectly pitched story about a young autistic girl and her car-obsessed friend Big Ben who adventure into the future. This is the first in Patience Agbabi's Leap Cycle series and is a total delight. Very unusual and the narrative took our 14 year along with it very happily. Good for ages 8-12, page-turning and wonderfully readable.
Zephyr Books £12.99
This is a long-awaited return of the extraordinary legend that is Wolf Brother. This is the seventh in the series and can be read as a stand alone, but better having got to know the characters from Wolf Brother. It's a story that dreams are made of, full of magic, adventure and action. Great for boys and girls, (and grown-ups) it picks you up and takes you rollicking along to the end. It's a total delight being back in Michelle Paver's world full of ice bears, white foxes and quests to the edge of the world. Read it!
We've been so looking forward to reading the next from historian Lucy Worsley's books for children. As historical fiction is hitting the top of the charts for grown-ups it's interesting to see how it fares for younger children. This is essentially one for girls aged between 9-12 or a bit older and this grown-up reviewer loved it. The story is about Jane Austen as we have never seen her before, a wonderful story about 19th century 'society' and what the future holds for young girls at that time. Perfectly placed.
Walker Books £12.99
Another addition to the series releases but one that has been hugely well received by our Alex Rider fan here. It's a chunky book and all the better for it. Filled with the usual pulse-quickening adventures from the teen super-spy expect your young readers to disappear inside it's pages entirely. Great.
Hot Key Books £6.99
From the author of the Cherub series this is a properly good read. Our 12 year old reviewer (who is not a voracious reader) picked it up and didn't put it down until he finished it. Robin Hood is brought into the 21st century and sits very well here. This is a modern day telling of the tale of the band of brothers who steal from the rich to give to the poor, and it is told brilliantly. This is the start of another great series for ages 11 upwards.